Applications for the 2024 SDG Pioneer program will open on April 3, 2024!

As part of the 2024 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers program, UN Global Compact Network USA is searching for professionals to recognize who are committed to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Each year the UN Global Compact recognizes a class of SDG Pioneers — business leaders working at any level of their company who are using business as a force for good to advance the 17 SDGs. Through their own company or by mobilizing other businesses, they are helping to reach one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while also contributing to business success.

The UN Global Compact Network USA will award two SDG Pioneers this year. One to represent Small & Medium-sized enterprises (<250 employees), and one to represent Large National & Multi-National Companies. Please note that companies must have submitted at least 1 CoP and be a signatory since October 1, 2023 to be eligible for this opportunity.

The UN Global Compact Network USA will award the two 2023 Global Compact Network USA SDG Pioneers at the local level, announced on July 1, 2024. The selected individuals will then have the opportunity to participate in the final search of global SDG Pioneers to be recognized during the 2023 UN General Assembly in September in New York.

Apply now before May 15, 2024 and please contact Caitlin McGinnis at for any inquiries.

Additional Commitments

Beyond the commitment to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, participating companies are encouraged to consider a range of additional complementary commitments in support of achieving the world we want. In addition to our standing complementary corporate commitments, the UN Global Compact puts forth additional time-bound CEO-level calls for corporate commitments in response to emerging needs and covering a variety of topics.

Ongoing complementary commitments:

  • CEO Water Mandate: A UN Global Compact initiative that mobilizes business leaders on water, sanitation, and the Sustainable Development Goals. endorsers of the CEO Water Mandate commit to continuous progress against six core elements of stewardship and in so doing understand and manage their own water risks.
  • Business Ambition for 1.5°C: A commitment to bold and ambitious action for businesses to align with science-based climate targets aligned with limited global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
  • Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs): A CEO-level commitment to a set of principles offering guidance to business on how to promote gender equality and women's empowerment in the workplace, marketplace, and community. Established by the UN Global Compact and UN Women, the WEPs are informed by international labour and human rights standards an grounded in the recognition that businesses have a stake in, and a responsibility for, gender equality and women's empowerment.